Ephesians 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise
Have you ever felt like a bull in a china shop? Having recklessly handled a personal situation or carelessly acted out, a horrible mess of hurt feelings are left behind? O, I have many times. How does a bull tiptoe through a china shop without breaking something with his horns, or swiping his tail across a pristine tea party table, or bumping into a shelf of crystal vases? Impossible! Honestly, there are situations in life where managing tact and diplomacy are just like that! Nothing I possess or employ will steer me through without causing others pain or leaving a social aftermath I could never repair. Left on my own I am bound to error like a foolish bull.
What then are bulls like me to do? Commit our way unto the Lord, walking circumspectly – or “intelligently;” purposely seeking out the prudent, good thing to do, using sound knowledge or wisdom as our guide to doing the right thing. But how are we to distinguish what is good or what is right from our own bullish thoughts? By humbly praying for His wisdom, by being in His word, and by listening for and heeding the still, small voice of His Holy Spirit; it is then we are enabled to be imitators of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 2:3–5 …yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
But above all, the bull must become a lamb. A glass already full cannot be poured in to; it must first be emptied. If we are to be filled with His wisdom and be moved by His Spirit, we must be completely emptied of self, willing to submit to the Father just as Jesus did; the precious Lamb of God. He submitted to the Father’s will, even unto death. So then must we. When our bullish-self is dead, we are filled with His Spirit, we practice His righteousness, and He gently navigates us through every situation. As we walk through the “china shops” in life being imitators of Christ, we give glory to and please our Father in Heaven.
1 John 2:5–6 …but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.